IT Kerala Expo starts with a bang

Kochi, Feb 1 | Updated: Feb 2 2006, 06:09am hrs
The IT Kerala Expo 2006, which began here on Tuesday, has been a crowd-puller with the job mart being the star attraction.

While 25,000 students from across the State have registered for the mart with 18 renowned companies on a scout for talent, it was a mad rush on Tuesday itself. Over 4,000 students turned up for the mart on the first day itself with some of the major companies having distributed all the forms in the first day itself. The authorities have now put things in order and the flow was being streamlined, said Inforpark chief executive officer KG Girish Babu.

He said the blockade organised by the CPM at the collectorate nearby did not pose problems as the party leadership asked its volunteers to keep off the road leading to the Infopark.

Top party sources said the move was initiated as otherwise there would be an impression that the party was against IT and also as it involved several parents bringing in their wards seeking jobs, it was a strategic move on the party's side.

The IT exhibition, where over 100 companies are exhibiting their products and solutions, has slowly started seeing business come in. According to Mr Joseph Martin of TCS, there were a few serious inquiries, especially from the manufacturing side for end-to-end solutions and also plant automation.

There were also a few enquiries from the US-based firms for alliances and smart governance. Officials of Infosys, Wipro and other major firms said there were quite a few genuine enquiries.

Given Kochi's technology advantage through its proximity to VSNL's primary international gateway, 100% digital telephone exchanges, seamless connected mobile networks and the human resource advantage with low attrition rates and high computer literacy, there was also interest in setting up shop in some of the parks that were coming up.

Officials of the Leelainfo Park and the Muthoot group, who are setting up their own parks, said there were a few enquiries for space and the officials took them around to have a firsthand view of the facilities being provided in these parks.

Both IT secretary PH Kurian and Girish Babu said that besides the job mart, the focus was mainly on the exhibition where several companies could find business solutions at a lower cost. They hoped that in the next two days there would be genuine business interest.